Friday, January 15, 2010

Cruelity in Face of Tragedy

“To a poor man, however, be generous; keep him not waiting for your alms; Because of the precept, help the needy, and in their want, do not send them empty handed.

Store up almsgiving in your treasure house, and it will save you from every evil; Better than a stout shield and a sturdy spear, it will fight for you against the foe” (Sirach 29: 8-9, 12-13)

One of the sad side effects of a tragedy like the earthquake in Haiti is that there are some pundits who use the disaster to push their own view of the world. Robertson is reported to have blamed the earthquake on the Haitians of the past making a deal with the devil. Limbaugh sees the White House as using the disaster to fill the government coffers through a relief fund they have created for donations. In the face of such pain, lost, despair, and death, it saddens me to see people treat this situation so cruelly.

There are real people in that tortured land who are in need. It is time to open our wallets and purses, not our mouths.

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